New Delhi: In a shocking incident, a statue of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was painted black by the activists of Youth Akali Dal in Ludhiana on Tuesday. The move was taken in a protest against the anti-Sikh riots of Ludhiana 1984.

Reportedly, the workers used black spray paint to blacken the bust. The incident comes at a time when their party has demanded that a special session of the Punjab assembly be called to pass the proposal to withdraw the Bharat Ratna from former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Recently, the Delhi government courted controversy after a resolution on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots was passed in which it was demanded that the Bharat Ratna awarded to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi be withdrawn.

The move soon kicked off a massive political row with Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Alka Lamba claiming that the party leadership had asked her to resign as she stood against the resolution.

Former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar was convicted in the 1984 anti-Sikh riot case and sentenced him to life imprisonment.

About the anti-Sikh riots

About 2,800 Sikhs were killed across India, including 2,100 in Delhi, during the clash that broke out after then prime minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984.

Of the 650 cases registered in connection with anti-Sikh riots in Delhi, 267 were closed as untraced by the Delhi Police. Of these 267 cases, five were later taken up by the CBI. The SIT also scrutinised the records of 18 cancelled cases.

The SIT found 60 cases appropriate for further investigation. It filed “untraced report” in 52 cases in the last one-and-a-half years.